Microsoft shoots for inclusive future with new tech resilience curriculum

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has officially launched its tech resilience curriculum.
  • The course was piloted in 2020 at 190 universities.
  • Microsoft has divided its learning modules into three general groups that bear a striking categorical resemblance to the "Improvise. Adapt. Overcome." image macro meme.

Microsoft knows that diversity and inclusion are areas that need further development in the tech field, hence why it's released a "Growth and Resilience in Tech" toolkit. What this new Microsoft Learn offering does is teach you about how to deal with adversity and conquer self-doubt, among other similar topics.

"Our goals are to help to usher in a new and diverse generation with the technical and resilience skills needed to have great impact in the world," Microsoft's blog post says (opens in new tab). "We aim to build a more inclusive future by fostering confidence, resilience and a sense of belonging across industries."

That sense of belonging starts with the individual, according to Microsoft, hence why it has set up this series of mini-courses designed to teach people the skills they need to survive not only in the tech field, but in life. The courses also tackle topics such as microaggressions, in case you want to be educated on those.

Of the over 1,200 students this curriculum was pilot tested on in 2020, Microsoft stated that "97% of whom declared this [curriculum] had a profound impact teaching them skills they can immediately apply in school and life."

You can check out the full curriculum at Microsoft Learn (opens in new tab). It's a great many modules, and you'll likely need to set aside over a dozen hours to complete them all, based on Microsoft's time estimates. The courses are organized by three principles: "Recognize discomfort, strategize solutions, and pivot & persist," which sound similar in message to a particular Bear Grylls meme.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.